Boarding ideas for OTTB in training - mid state NY
I've decided to seek an alternate place for my OTTB. After several successful years on the track, he is currently being retrained by me, with guidance from a couple of trainers both on and off site. He's currently at a barn convenient to me, but it is not a good fit.
I am looking around Rte 20 - south of Utica, west of Albany. I live north of Cooperstown. If I can trust that he is in good hands, am willing to drive up to an hour. I ride/work with him almost daily. But if he has adequate turnout, I might give myself a day off occasionally.
Prefer a place that is very familiar with Thoroughbreds, and with down to earth comraderie and love for horses, rather than barn drama. It does not have to be a big boarding facility - nice backyard barn is fine. Am a reriding former H/J rider who has been around horses most of my life. My goal was possibly retraining him for H/J, but he may end up being a trail horse. Bottom line is, however, that I will be doing what is best for this horse.
Will need some kind of ring, as he is still mindful. But key is adequate turnout. IDEAL would be a stall with his own paddock, or shared turnout with another gelding. He loves to play, and seems to get knocked around when turned out with more than one.
B is great on the ground, very smart, personable and happens to be darn good looking as well . I am conscientious, thoughtful, friendly, glad to fill in, or keep an eye on things occasionally, and pay my bills on time. No drama please.
I am also going to start hoofing it and driving the local roads, but welcome any suggestions. My vet and blacksmith are from around the Albany area. Thanks!
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